The Best American Short Plays 1995-1996

The Best American Short Plays 1995-1996

by Glenn Young
     
 

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Scripts for 12 short plays complete with bios on each author. Includes: Fitting Rooms (Susan Cinoman)
* Scribe's Paradox, or The Mechanical Rabbit (Michael Feingold)
* Home Section (Janusz Glowacki)
* Degas, C'est Moi (David Ives)
* The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Allan Knee)
* Old Blues (Jonathon Levy)
* Dearborn Heights (Cassandra… See more details below

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Scripts for 12 short plays complete with bios on each author. Includes: Fitting Rooms (Susan Cinoman)
* Scribe's Paradox, or The Mechanical Rabbit (Michael Feingold)
* Home Section (Janusz Glowacki)
* Degas, C'est Moi (David Ives)
* The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Allan Knee)
* Old Blues (Jonathon Levy)
* Dearborn Heights (Cassandra Medley)
* American Dreamers (Lavonne Mueller)
* When It Comes Early (John Ford Noonan)
* The Original Last Wish Baby (William Seebring)
* The Mystery School (Paul Selig)
* The Sandalwood Box (Mac Wellman).

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
The continuing success of the one-act play in American theaters is evidenced by these two books, which include a startling array of stylesexamples of realism, fantasy, farce, tragedy, and even symposium plays are presented. Fourteen eclectic pieces, half of which are by major playwrights, comprise the latest volume in Applause's long-running annual celebration of the form. The most unusual work is a recently rediscovered text by Thornton Wilder, The Wreck of the 5:25, anthologized here for the first time. This play alone casts into clear relief the adventurous nature of contemporary playwrights (though the sparsity of major women playwrights here is notable). The Humana Festival, held at the Actors' Theatre in Louisville, has long been a venue for new plays. This fat collection contains the cream of two decades' worth of work. As fewer major playwrights are represented, these plays are more risky, more adventurous, and much more political. By and large, they test the limits of the form more rigorously than those found in the Applause collection. Both texts provide a wealth of source material for theaters, actors, and academic training programs. Both are recommended for academic and larger public libraries.Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
Booknews
A collection of 11 recent short plays. An introduction describes the plays, and introductions on each playwright overview the playwright's career. Playwrights featured include Theodore Apstein, Laura Cahill, Billy Goda, and David Mamet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557832559
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Series:
Best American Short Plays Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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